DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

TOM BRINKMOELLER

GERALD JORDAN

MONIQUE NAZARETH

CANDACE KELLEY

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

DAVID SICILIA

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
 
 
 
 
2011
Jul
15
 
 
The 2011 critics' preview DVDs for AMC's Breaking Bad, which launches Season 4 Sunday night at 10 ET, are subtitled: "Warning: Extremely Volatile." And, as usual with this sly show, it's an understatement...our journey with Walter, at this point, puts him approximately at Dante's seventh circle of hell (out of nine) --the circle known as "Violence," with its unhappy occupants of tyrants, murderers and squanderers...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
29
 
 
There's still plenty of time to catch up on the Science Channel series Through the Wormhole, narrated by and starring Morgan Freeman, and enjoy his guided tour considering some of science's biggest questions. Freeman looks and sounds both authoritative and interested -- and over on CBS's The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,Ferguson's mechanical sidekick, Geoff -- a grinning skull with a mohawk -- pretty much has Freeman's number as an impressive, smart-sounding science guy...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
22
 
 
There are a few comedy standards you can always count on -- a rubber chicken, the spit take, Bugs Bunny in drag, and, of course, a talking dog. The latest competition for Family Guy's unassuming Labrador Retriever and writer, Brian Griffin, comes from the new FX series Wilfred, premiering this Thursday at 10 p.m. ET. Like Brian, Wilfred is a complex intellectual with problems of his own, way beyond the usual concerns of fetching and scratching...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
20
 
 
Louis C.K.'s self-titled "Louie" is subtitled "misery loves company" and fortunately, we're able to oblige him in short comedies where life usually gets the upper hand. The second season debuts on FX June 23rd, at 10:30...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
13
 
 
It's summer, and time to go down to Yasgur's farm again -- this August will mark the 42nd anniversary of the Woodstock music festival. There's nothing notable about that milestone except we're still getting older, and Ang Lee's 2009 dramedy Taking Woodstock is running all summer long on HBO...And all the while, it dances around the edges the festival, without ever pushing to the stage and laying eyes on a rock star...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
6
 
 
"Unstable, Volatile, Dangerous" is the subtitle for the Season 3 DVD of AMC's Breaking Bad (out here June 7). And believe it or not, it's an understatement. With an epic storyline now clocking almost three dozen episodes over three seasons, this series offers some of the most compelling and well-crafted television of a generation...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
May
28
 
 
We've seen it all before: We're at a critical juncture in the story. The main character has just made a courageous or heartfelt speech, and, maybe after being met with Stunned Silence, makes for the exit. But just as the protagonist appears utterly defeated, one person in the crowd stands and starts to clap alone. Then a smattering of others...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
May
14
 
 
It's a bit odd to think about the politically incorrect comedies of the '60s, knowing that a show about a Nazi prisoner camp (Hogan's Heroes), or about the American Army fighting the Indians in the Old West (F Troop), couldn't be made today -- but that Jersey Shore and Las Vegas Jailhouse can...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
May
9
 
 
TVWW is dedicated to the best that TV can offer, but it's worthwhile, from time to time, to dredge the bottom of the lake, haul up the darkest muck we can find, and examine it under the cleansing light of our internet glare. Given National Geographic's new season of the bottom-feeding Taboo, it's clear that the little gold rectangle (their logo), which once symbolized the knowledge of the world, also now stands for a meshugganah Pandora's Box of human behavioral disorders...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
May
2
 
 
Have you ever contemplated a stack of Tupperware and suddenly seen the genius of the modern movement? No? Well, the 2010 BBC series The Genius of Design is now out on DVD with five episodes spanning the bulk of the modern movement in design. It's a fun, educational romp through the marketplace, mass production, consumerism -- and yes, the invention of the once revolutionary and now uber-dull plastic Tupperware. This series (broadcast last year on the Smithsonian Channel and now available on
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Eric Gould

Associate Editor

Eric Gould is a writer in Boston and Associate Editor for tvworthwatching.com. With prior stints in art, music, photography and design under his belt, he casts a wide net across the media pool fishing for the smart, the surprising and the oddly compelling. He will have essays on Rectify, Six Feet Under and Girls in the upcoming “Finale: Considering the Ends of Television Series” from Syracuse University Press. Email him at gould@tvworthwatching.com

 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 
 

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